According to a message going viral via social media, iconic US actor Sylvester Stallone has died.
The message features an image of the star with the caption “R I P Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone” (1946 – 2018)”. It claims that Sylvester Stallone died of prostate cancer after keeping his illness a secret for a time.
To drive home the point, the message includes two photographs of Sylvester in which he looks tired, dishevelled and unwell.
However, the claims in the message are false. Sylvester Stallone is alive and well.
The star confirmed this himself via Twitter, noting:
Please ignore this stupidity… Alive and well and happy and healthy… Still punching! https://t.co/sgRhOguHhs
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) February 19, 2018
The images in the hoax message are in fact on set photographs from a movie in which Sylvester actually plays an ageing boxer with cancer. Hence the star’s sickly appearance thanks to the magic of the movies.
This is not the first time that Sylvester Stallone has been the target of a death hoax. A hoax that went viral back in 2016 falsely claimed the star had died of a prescription drug overdose. That version contained links to a scam website.
Celebrities are often the target of such death hoaxes. Always verify any message claiming that a celebrity has died via a reputable news outlet before clicking or sharing.
Of course, if a famous person does die, then the story is always covered by news outlets around the world. So a quick search of a news aggregator such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating celebrity death message is true.
An example of the hoax:
SO LONG CHAMP
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone died early this morning after his battle with prostate cancer, the actor kept his illness a secret, but in the end he couldn’t beat it.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!